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DIAGRAM: Breaking down compost

April 25, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Organic matter naturally decays the environment, but the process can take a considerable amount of time. Placing materials in a compost pile can speed up the decomposition process by providing more ideal conditions under which the materials can break down. Composting is an inexact and forgiving process, but the result is a naturally developed fertilizer that can help your garden — rather than the city landfill — grow.
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